The Ducks are riding a 3-game losing streak across the halfway point of the season, 12 points out of 8th, 8 points out of next to last in the Pacific Division . . . same as it ever was. Those hoping for a miracle in the Ducks last 40 games can take solace in the clichés of 'getting players back' and being a 'second half team,' but even conventional clichés have failed the Ducks thus far-- how's that 'we're a road team' thing working out for you?
Luckily, the Red Wings are looking for similar clichés as they swim around the 8th seed water mark in the weakest division in the West. The team's margin of error is shrinking as quickly as its confidence in its goaltenders, and they can ill afford a setback against the Ducks tonight.
And so, the Ducks find themselves confronted with a rare opportunity. So rare, in fact, that it hasn't existed since the inception of the Anaheim franchise: win, and help force the Red Wings out of the playoffs. Oh, sweet comparative success.
Post any game info and lineup changes in the comments. I'll be at the game tonight, but I'll try to mobile comment.